Probably, the hacker attempts to raise awareness of printer security.
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Internet-related printers all over the world have been hacked to print a message and encourage people to subscribe to the PewDiePie YouTube channel.
Reported by The Verge, this assault seems to be work @ HackerGiraffe (Twitter account opened yesterday) which claims that the relatively innocent act is being done to raise awareness of a large hole in printer security.
The message sent to alleged printers of 50,000 calls for recipients to unsubscribe from Series T, an Indian YouTube channel that is close to being the most subscribed channel on the stage, and subscribing to a leading channel PewDiePie instead. It also suggests that reciepents subscribe to two other channels, "delete TikTok," smile, and repair the open printer.
Speaking to The Verge, The Hacker Giraff, he said he had detected 800,000 vulnerable printers through an online store and is worried about the vulnerability, saying "People underestimate how easy a malicious hacker could have used such vulnerability to cause great damage. Hackers could have filed, malware installed, cause physical damage to printers and even use the printer as a portal to & Internal network. Most awful is: I have never considered hacking printers from before, the whole learning, download and scripting process did not take longer than 30 minutes. "
YouTuber Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg has been in and out of the news: last year, his use of racist slurry during a live stream caused some great conflicts. Two years ago, it became the first YouTube personality to reach 10 billion views, and currently there are 72.6 million subscribers.
Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.